WORKS – NOVAE by Thomas Vanz

In ALL, WORKS by Cat Lau

Thomas Vanz is a self-taught video artist based in Paris, France. His deep-rooted interest in astrophysics and the mystery of the cosmos led him to his latest film project, NOVAE. “A supernova is the death of a giant star but there are also other consequences that lead to birth, more advanced elements of the universe, and outstanding nebulas. It is one of the most comprehensive events of the universe,” he told Art the Science.

Vanz preserves the natural form of this comprehensive event by refraining to use computer-generated imagery (CGI). Instead, he looks for alternatives and uses water to represent space and coloured ink for gas. Vance experiments with different ink blends in water and varying camera angles to artistically capture the fluid movement of this stellar event. The results are nothing short of extraordinary, and demonstrate what can be accomplished using natural visual effects. His short film draws viewers into the beauty of the cosmos, leaving them to ponder about the vastness of the final frontier. Vance also created two supplementary videos capturing his artistic process during the development of NOVAE.



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Cat Lau

Cat is a former behavioural neuroscientist-turned-science communicator. She is passionate about integrating creative approaches in science communication and knowledge mobilization. For the past few years, Cat has held diverse roles as a science writer, amateur-artist, nomadic science outreach facilitator and knowledge translation coordinator. Her interest in art-based science communication inspired her research in Canadian organizations and programs that use interdisciplinary approaches to engage the public in the sciences. This led to her interest in the evaluation component of the Science-Artist Residency at Art the Science. Ultimately, she hopes to develop resources that will contribute to the growth of Canadian science-art culture. Twitter: @scicommcat